Henry J. Nykamp
Henry John Nykamp, 95, of Holland Township, NJ, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at his home in Beachwood, OH.
Born November 15, 1923, at home in Holland Township, NJ, Henry was the only son and youngest of four siblings. He was a 1943 graduate of Frenchtown High School. In July 1943, Henry began his service in the Army Air Force and was discharged in October 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his service, he was a nose gunner and armorer in a B24. Henry flew 35 missions from Hardwick England over Europe. In July 2017, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his participation in the liberation of France in World War II.
Henry married Beatrice Virginia Crum in November 1945. For 35 years, he worked as a meat cutter and meat department manager for A & P Company. Henry and his wife raised their family in Holland Township, NJ, where Henry was an active member in the VFW Post 7857, serving as Post Master and becoming a Life Member. He was a member of the Phillipsburg Masonic Lodge #52. Along with gardening and caring for his property, Henry loved hunting, bowling and playing golf at the Oak Hill Golf Club. He supported the Holland Township Library, Holland Township Fire Department, and Hope for Honduran Children.
Son of the late Herman and Francina (Schryver) Nykamp, Henry is survived by his daughters Judy Gill of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jean Koznarek and her husband Mark of Shaker Heights, OH, and his five grandchildren, Kimberly and her husband Richard, Rebecca, Laura, Anne and William. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Beatrice, his son Bruce Nykamp, and his sisters Aaltje "Jean" Gardner, Wilhemina "Wilma" Magnarelli, and Dora "Doris" Dunlap.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ. A Celebration of Henry's Life will follow at 6 PM, with Pastor Geoff Stanley officiating. Interment will take place at the Holland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the 93rd Bombardment Group Association at www.93bg.com.